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President & CEO

Lexington, KY, USA | YMCA

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
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  • Functions:
    General Management
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Job Description:
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The YMCA of Central Kentucky seeks a successful visionary leader who will build upon strong executive leadership, promote the mission and continue a culture of excellence within the organization. The President/CEO will be visible in the community and active in the development of meaningful community partnerships to position the Y to be viewed as a strong, charitable partner.

Qualified candidates must possess a strong sense of business acumen, community outreach experience, strategic planning and leadership skills. The ability to take initiative, motivate, delegate and lead others successfully are also essential components. Qualified candidates must demonstrate strong skills in developing an effective and energetic staff team. They must possess: a proven track record with implementing and promoting services to the community; assessing community needs and developing programs in partnership with others to meet those needs; raising funds through annual and capital campaigns; developing staff, and working with a Board that focuses on strategic initiatives.

The YMCA has been serving the community since 1853 and has facilities dating back to 1962 and as new as 2016. A comprehensive plan for facilities management is important for all locations to continue to deliver programs and provide services to the communities in those locations. Serving the community will also take a leader who has an innovative programming spirit, a leader who is willing to take risk to stay relevant in the community.

Salary Range: $175,000 - $230,000 commensurate with experience.

Benefits: The YMCA participates in the Y Retirement Program at a 12% rate, with the YMCA contributing 12%. Vacation plan, health plan, relocation reimbursement, and other benefits provided.

YMCA Association Facts

Founded in 1853, the YMCA of Central Kentucky mission is “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”

Service Area: Our YMCA serves central Kentucky with currently services in four counties of Fayette, Jessamine, Scott and Franklin. In the Bluegrass region the population is about 675,000 and the largest county is Fayette with 375,000. Lexington has one of the “Most Educated Workforces” in America. The city was ranked 11th in the nation by Business Facilities magazine, which looked at the percentage of the workforce 25 years of age and older with a high school diploma (55%), bachelor’s degree (33.3%), and an advanced degree (16.7%). Because of its educational attributes, emphasis on health care, and an overall diverse economy, Lexington often weathers recessions and downturns better than most cities. All of this adds up to good business for those who work or own a business in central Kentucky.

Governance: The board of directors comprises 36 board members.

Staff: There are currently 98 FT staff and approximately 660 PT staff with an additional 100 seasonal staff in the summer. The President/CEO supervises seven direct reports including the COO, VP-Marketing and Communications, Controller, VP-Chief Information and Security Officer, VP of Mission Advancement, Director of HR and Executive Assistant.

Facility Description and Core Programs Offered: Future strategic plans may focus on improving the quality of services offered to current families engaged in the YMCA and elevate the public standing in the community as the charity of choice. Plans may explore the future service delivery of our two downtown facilities in Lexington and Frankfort. There are opportunities to expand current relationships and future partnerships in Central Kentucky.

Full Facilities Locations

High Street: Exiting YMCA opened in 1962 with multiple renovations and additions since. Located in the heart of the central business district, the High Street YMCA provides a unique setting serving businesses, Ashland and Chevy Chase communities and the University of Kentucky. Budget size: $2.2M operation.

North Lexington YMCA:The North Lexington YMCA opened in 1999 and has recently gone through a $3M renovation. Sitting on a major corporations campus – Lexmark International, the North Lexington YMCA serves the Northside community of Lexington along with a strong business community. Budget size: $1.8M operation.

Frankfort YMCA: The Frankfort YMCA has recently merged with the YMCA of Central Kentucky and has three locations including a child care center, and two facilities. Long term service delivery for Frankfort will need to be a focus. Budget size: $2.2M operations.

Gatton Beaumont YMCA: The Gatton Beaumont YMCA opened in 1999 and has had multiple additions and renovations over the years. Over the past few years the organization has invested $1.5M of cash on infrastructure – Roof, HVAC, Dehumidification units, etc. Budget size: $5.9M operations.

Whitaker Family YMCA: The Whitaker YMCA opened in 2016 and has exceeded expectations in terms of impact and operation. Located in the growing area of Lexington, this YMCA has the ability to grow for years to come. Budget size: $4.0M operations.

Program Center Locations

Scott County: The YMCA provides needed camping and sports programs for the fastest growing county in Commonwealth of Kentucky. This county could be a future location to a new facility YMCA. Budget size: $200k operation.

Jessamine County: The YMCA in partnership with the Coolidge Foundation provides drop in programming for the local community. Budget size: $100k operation

Center for Children: This new partnership with Lexmark International provides child care services to the business community. Started in August, 2019 presently the Y services approx. 90 children with the capacity to grow. Budget size: $1.5M operation

Financial Position: The YMCA operates on an association budget of $17M and over the last seven years has generated surpluses each year. Projected surplus in 2019 is $700k.

Between 2013 and 2019:

-Total assets grew from $24M to $50M.

-Total operating revenues grew from $10M to $17M.

-Cash reserves include the following:

$1.2M in maintenance reserve

$1.25M in short term investments debt sinking fund

$2.9M in board designated endowment

$1.3M in checking account

Invested annually on average $700k into facilities the last four years with deferred maintenance taken care of.

Fundraising: Association wide: $1.8M, Annual Campaign $625k, Grants and Sponsorships $1.2M

Financial Assistance: Membership & Program scholarships projected in 2019 is $1.1M in direct financial assistance and the remainder in program subsidies.

Attractions and quality of life benefits to living and working in the community: Lexington is a vibrant, growing community and home to the University of Kentucky and other major employers and corporate headquarters of A&W, Tempur-Pedic, Lexmark, Big Ass Solutions, Valvoline, Clark, LinkBelt and Florida Tile. Known as the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington Kentucky is home to some of the most spectacular horse farms in the world. In addition, the iconic track Keeneland will be the host site for the 2020 Breeders Cup. Lexington boosts high quality medical care, outstanding schools and proximity to the outstanding hiking in the Red River Gorge.

Lexington has been named:

- #3 Best Cities to Raise a Family

- #2 Most Affordable Place to Live and Work

- #3 Cites with High Salaries and Low Cost of Living


Minimum Criteria for candidates:

Accredited 4-year college degree.

Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.

Minimum five years prior experience in a senior management role with a YMCA or related experience at a comparable organization with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff and employees.

Must have the ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.

Have the ability to develop new programs, review and enhance programs being offered or considered for both economy and effectiveness in broadening our engagement in the communities in which we serve.

Preferred Criteria for Candidates:

Fiscally sound business management approach.

Strategic planning and Fundraising experience including annual and capital campaigns and the securing of grants.

A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management in excess of $5M or more annually.

YMCA Organizational Leader Certification. (Note: Candidates not already in possession of this certification have up to three years to obtain via YMCA of the USA).

Essential Functions

The board believes its new CEO should be an experienced leader who has the background and qualities to achieve excellence in the following roles:

Advocate the Vision of the YMCA and be the Heart and Soul of the Operation: Actively interact and communicate with YMCA members, donors, staff and volunteers, and be seen as an active and integral member of the community. Act as an ambassador for the mission, cause and vision of the YMCA within the community, and be seen and respected as a leader. Possess the ability to develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders, while always upholding the highest standards and values of the YMCA’s heritage.

Key competencies: collaboration, communication, relationships, influence, developing others, emotional maturity, community

Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan: Work effectively with volunteers, stakeholders and key staff to develop a strategic roadmap that addresses the needs of the Association, including defined organizational objectives and tactics. Lead staff in the development and implementation of goals through an annual operating plan. Lead volunteers in aligning committees and their charts of work to support the strategies and goals of the association.

Key competencies: influence, values, relationships, inclusion, communication, project management, innovation, quality results

Manage Financial Resources: Ensure the Association’s financial resources are properly managed and report the organization’s financial position. Use high level of financial analysis to forecast financial trends, growth and stability. Lead organization to balance or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Empower and guide staff to lead their departments to successful financial operation. Develop and implement stewardship strategies.

Key competencies: decision making, project management, finance, quality results, functional expertise, developing others

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